Fun and Games!

The Adventures of Penguin and Panda

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Pub Date 30 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 01 May 2024

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Description

In the tradition of Narwhal and Jelly, here is a playful and humorous graphic novel series about two besties who could not be more different from each other.

We know what you're thinking: Penguin and Panda should not be friends! The very idea is absurd! Penguin feels all the feels able to be felt, while Panda is low-key cool. Penguin loves surprises and being scared while Panda prefers a good nap. Penguin always follows directions; Panda plays things by ear. Yet these two yin and yang besties love experiencing the world through each other's eyes with abundant humor and a generosity of spirit.

The stories often convey positive messages about imagination, creativity, friendship, acceptance, and the value of being true to oneself.

Each book contains four short stories, and some STEM-related fun facts. This format allows young readers to easily digest the content and provides natural stopping points for reading sessions.

Fanni Mezes' charming illustrations, filled with expressive characters immediately draw the readers to dive into Penguin and Panda's playful world.

The language used in the series is accessible and appropriate for early readers, making it a great choice for children who are developing their reading skills.

In the tradition of Narwhal and Jelly, here is a playful and humorous graphic novel series about two besties who could not be more different from each other.

We know what you're thinking: Penguin and...


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ISBN 9781958325070
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Penguin and Panda are best friends! This graphic novel consists of 4 short stories revolving Penguin and Panda getting playing games together, as well as a page of jokes and a few pages of fun facts about penguins and pandas.

This has some really cute illustrations with bright colors perfect for young kids! I think early elementary age would be a great reading age for these books. The stories were short and easy for younger readers to understand.

The one thing I think could be improved upon is that the dialogue between characters seemed sort of stilted. It reminded me of how Dug from the movie up speaks, but I'm wondering if this is a translation issue. The story still makes complete sense regardless of the way the dialogue is written.

Overall 4/5 stars

Thank you so much to netgalley and Publisher Spotlight for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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The graphic novel was one of the most enjoyable light-hearted novels I have read in a while. Throughout this illustrated novel, we follow Penguin and Panda, two best friends who have nothing in common with each other. These characters bring friendship, laughter, adventure, and a meaningful message.

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I'm so loving these characters. These two are best friends and it doesn't matter that they have nothing in common. In fact, being different gives them awesome ways to support each other's differences.
Easy dialogue, bright pictures, and extra jokes -- just a lot of fun!
Thanks so much to NetGalley for letting me read this

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It is National Penguin Awareness Day so I couldn’t resist reading a children’s graphic novel about Penguin and their friend Panda. The format is similar to Narwhal and Jelly. There are four different chapters or adventures. They talk and think about things they both like, visit a carnival, have an incident with a bicycle and Panda gets a pet. There is also a final page with a couple jokes and fun facts.

I like the colorful illustrations and the sweet friendship between the pair. They don’t have to like all the same things to be friends and enjoy time together. This will easily be popular on my elementary school library shelf. This is the second in the series and is geared for grades K-3rd. Thank you to NetGalley and Marble Press for the temporary ARC and I am leaving an honest review.

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This was so cute! I love the relationship between Panda and Penguin. They complement each other without overlapping too much. The language is clear and age appropriate. The fun facts section in the back offers information that helps show how the characters' choices in the stories tie to the actual behavior of the animals.

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This short graphic novel tells the story of two best friends facing different problems. Each chapter is like a different tale, short enough to hold the attention of young readers in 1st and 2nd grade, yet vivid and funny enough to keep older readers engaged. However, I wish it was longer and that the first story had a better reveal when the penguin sees his "rock".

Overall, I found the book engaging for both me and my teen, as I read it aloud to her. The humor was so appealing that she wants the book for her own collection.

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This graphic novel is designed for early elementary readers, and it's really cute. Penguin and Panda are best friends, even though they don't have much in common, and they have fun adventures together. The illustrations are charming and colorful, and the stories made me chuckle. There are also some facts and jokes shared on bonus pages. This is the second book in a series that is very similar in style and tone to the Narwhal and Jelly books by Ben Clanton, and it will appeal to readers who liked those books.

The first story in this book seemed a bit weaker than ones in the original volume, and I would have liked to see Penguin's reaction to the detail the illustrations reveal to the reader, but the book picks up after that, and the stories are lots of fun. The dialogue is sometimes stilted, especially when the characters are expressing their feelings or working through disagreements, but the book conveys lots of good messages.

This book includes multiple short stories, and the episodic nature can make it especially appealing for young readers, since they can feel a sense of accomplishment as they finish each chapter. This book can also appeal to older kids and to adults, because it's so charming, wholesome, and funny.

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Graphic novels are seriously some of my favorite to read with my second grade students and this one was no exception. The illustrations were fun and the plot would keep a second grader engaged. It’s easy to ask questions about story elements such as character, setting plot, and overall theme in this book.

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Fun and Games follows Panda and Penguin through 4 adventures. Panda and Penguin find that they like different things, but they can still be good friends. This is great for graphic novel for beginning readers. It has jokes and fun facts too! I can’t wait to share this with my first graders!

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I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love that so many graphic novels and being created and published for beginning readers. As a librarian and a parent, I can tell you that they are the gateway drug to reading. One thing that is special about beginning graphic novels is that they are so wholesome. After you turn last page you feel like you just got a hug from a book. So fantastic.

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Fun and Games! is a delightful and wonderful illustrated kids' graphic novel about the friendship between a panda and a penguin. The questions and concerns of the characters mirror those of child at different ages. The humor and affection for each other in palatable and enjoyable. Panda likes to do things that Penguin doesn't and vice a versa. Panda and Penguin are opposites but when they work together everyone benefits. Their ying and yang pairing allows each to balance the each other. As a librarian and lover of graphic novels the sweetness, genuineness and humor of the characters shine through. I look forward to further adventures of Panda and Penguin.

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What an adorable, kid-friendly graphic novel! Reading Penguin and Panda gave me all the warm-fuzzies.
The artwork is really cute and I loved some of the background characters (like the axolotl magician).

The short chapters will be easy for a young reader to get through and then think about the message in the story. The four stories are as follows:
1. Favorites: these two friends are different and that's awesome. Also, turtles aren't rocks.
2. The Carnival: it's easy to get over excited and sharing is cool.
3. The Bicycle: don't take something without permission and apologize when you do something wrong.
4. The Pet: love is love.

I just love these characters so much and I know a lot of young readers will as well.

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Penguin and Panda are unlikely friends but they complement one another in the way only true friends can! Come along with them as they experience new things together and find a way to make their differences enhance their friendship!

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The first Adventures of Penguin and Panda was an adorable, sweet read for beginner readers, so I was very happy to see book two will be published soon after book one! This one is about how we all have different skills / talents, and teaches how friends can help each other out and encourage one another.

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I received an electronic ARC from Marble Press through NetGalley.
Panda and Penguin continue to share their adventures with younger readers. The fun and joy they feel in their friendship shines through. However, everything is not perfect as readers see when Panda borrows something without asking and breaks it. The aftermath is handled with sensitivity and models how to interact when things like this happen. Their entire friendship models behaviors that work to develop social skills for readers.

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I received both of the books in this series as digital ARC copies . The story was disjointed given the E-reader formatting , which I’m sure will be rectified at printing. Dialog is odd at times, missing words here and there. Hard to provide a thorough review due to the terrible arc formatting unfortunately but that is not the fault of the author, so I’m rating 4 stars for story potential.

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Thank you to NetGalley for the Arc of Fun and Games! This was a very cute story with adorable illustrations. This series will be a great addition to our graphic novel collection.

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Another short comic book about Penguin and Panda as they learn their differences in interests makes their friendship interesting and wonderful. Cute dialogues and easy words for young children to pick up and read.

Thank you to NetGallery for providing me an advanced digital colt for review!

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My son giggled through this entire book. It was so much fun. He has been such a hard kid to get into reading. We will be purchasing this series.

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"Fun and Games" is a graphic novel that tells the story of two animal characters, Penguins and Pandas. The book is an adorable depiction of their adventure as they visit a carnival together and learn important lessons. In the chapter titled "The Bicycle," the two characters understand the significance of teamwork, and how by working together, they can achieve more than when working alone. In the chapter named "The Pet," they realize the importance of caring for a pet, and how it is a responsibility that requires love and commitment.

The book is perfect for children aged six to ten, as they will love the stories and illustrations by Fanni Mezes. Mezes has created stunning and adorable illustrations that are sure to delight children. Her illustrations bring the characters and settings to life, making the story even more engaging. The book is a beautiful addition to any library, and it will be a great way to teach children about teamwork, responsibility, and caring for pets. Overall, "Fun and Games" is an excellent graphic novel that children will love, learn from, and treasure for years to come.

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My daughter is a huge fan of Narwhal and Jelly, so she really enjoyed this book. It is great for early readers, who want to read graphic novels but still need a simpler version. The illustrations were adorable and the friendship between the characters is cute. Great book for early learners, who want to get into reading graphic novels.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so adorable! The panda jokes in the book were so cute and funny. The illustrations were downright adorable. This book was a great read for kids and is so cute and fun.

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These adventures with Penguin and Panda are so fun! Little chapters are split up ending in great lessons to be learned for young readers. I look forward to sharing their great friendship with my child.

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Such a fun new series for early readers and fans of Narwhal and Jelly! My daughters absolutely devoured both books and are begging for more! The illustrations are the sweetest too!

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cute GN about fun and friendship. Loved the illustrations. Elementary students will enjoy the adventures of Panda and Penguin. I liked the facts included at the back of the book.

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